major premise

noun

: the premise of a syllogism containing the major term

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As my old debate coach would say, Yang forgot his major premise. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 13 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of major premise was in 1821

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“Major premise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/major%20premise. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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